Welcome To Capital Matters 2020

Thursday 12 March 2020, Wellington

The Capital Matters Conference in partnership with BDO will be the premier event for decision-makers to gather in Wellington and be informed of the most pressing issues facing business leaders.  

About The Event

Great Speakers

You will hear from some of the top business minds about the key issues facing business today. Click their names for a brief introduction and with more speakers being added regularly, check back here to stay in the loop.

Member of Parliament 
NZ First

Fletcher Tabuteau

Victoria Business School

Ian Williamson

Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs

Kristin Brandon

Executive Director 
Sustainable Business Council

Mike Burrell









Our Event Partners

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce are proud to partner with the following organisations to bring you the Capital Matters Conference 2020. 

“ Having spent many years travelling to Auckland, our members have requested a conference for business leaders in the capital city to help them network and prepare for the challenges ahead  

CEO - John Milford 

Reserve your seat today

Due to the exclusive nature of this event, tickets are limited to 50.
Avoid disappointment and register today. 

Member price


As a valued menber of the chamber your membership entitles your organisation to a 25% discount on the regular ticket price.

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Non-member price


Not a member but want to join us? Your ticket entitles you to a 50% discount on your first year of membership if you want to sign up.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions please contact our events team Rachael or Nicola via the channels provided below.

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Because your time is valuable, we have asked our speakers to consider how their presentations can best support senior leaders to succeed. 

Nothing fancy just result-oriented presentations.

Navigating Business, Politics and the NZ Economy 

Capital Raising and Funding 

The Future Workforce 

Leading Climate Change Action

Are you Safe from Cyber Threats? 

Innovation and Digital Strategy   

The Capital Matters Conference in partnership with BDO will be the premier event for senior leaders to gather in Wellington and will address the key issues facing business and leadership today.

This conference brings together industry experts in a variety of fields that our members have identified as being key concerns for them in 2020.  

There will also be opportunities to meet other leaders from across the Wellington region. During this time you'll develop your networks and discuss the issues specific to Wellington, as well as New Zealand as a whole.

General Manager 
ZX Security

Ian White


Kirk Hope

Senior Relationship Manager

Doug Vrame

One Commercial Partner and Small, Medium and Corporate Business Director 

Sarah Bowden

Presenter and Interviewer 

Grant Walker

NZ Post 

David Walsh

Founder and Technical Manager 
ZX Security

Simon Howard



With tea and coffee


Navigating Business, Politics & the NZ Economy

Given 2020 is an election year, how do you navigate the current business and political environment? 

Our panel of speakers, including Kirk Hope, Fletcher Tabuteau, Katherine Rich, and Yuong Ha will share their insights.



Capital Raising and Funding

Kristin Brandon and Doug Vrame, from NZX, will be discussing pathways to listing and capital raising. In particular, recent market trends, including the wholesale debt and green bonds market, and NZX’s role in the development of those products. They will also discuss the perceived barriers to listing and the recommendations contained in the Capital Markets 2029 report.


The Future Workforce

Organisations around the world currently face many different disruptions.  In the face of these challenges, leaders must identify new opportunities for growth. However, to realize these opportunities companies must first ensure that their workforce have the appropriate skills and behaviours. In his presentation, Professor Ian Williamson, from Victoria Business School will discuss the type of issues companies must consider when developing the workforce of the future.


How Business can lead Climate Change Action

Sustainability is a top-of-mind issue for business. Mike Burrell, from  the Sustainable Business Council, and Dave Walsh, from NZ Post, will look at some of the processes the SBC and NZ Post have implemented, and how businesses can lead voluntary climate action.


How to Handle the Media

As leaders, you are always being interviewed for a reason. Grant Walker, legendary broadcaster, discusses how your performance under pressure will determine how you and your company are regarded by the public.


Are You Safe from Cyber Threats?

Ian White and Simon Howard from ZX Security take you through the increasingly sophisticated world of cyber threats, and the rise of targeting senior managers, from phishing to ransomware. Simon will also perform a live demo of a phishing compromise.


Innovation and Digital Strategy

Learn from Sarah Bowden at Microsoft on how to create innovation in your organisation through your digital strategy.


Networking Drinks

The Venue

Hosted at the beautiful QT Hotel, 90 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington 



Wellington Chamber of Commerce
3-11 Hunter Street, Wellington 6011



With tea and coffee

Chief Economist
Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Yuong Ha

BDO New Zealand

Angela Edwards

NZ Food and Grocery Council

Katherine Rich